Unmanned Systems Canada

Alternate Presentation of TC NPA for UAVs

unmannedAlternate Presentation of the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for Unmanned Air Vehicles

By: Kris Ellis Director – Unmanned Systems Canada

On May 28th 2015 Transport Canada released a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to establish comprehensive and accelerated rulemaking for unmanned aircraft not exceeding 25 kg that are operated within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS). The NPA spans 33 pages with much of the material being redundant across the three classes of UAV operation. Objectives:  This document attempts to present the NPA material with alternative formatting in order to better highlight the differences between the three proposed categories of UAV operations. It is hoped that this document will serve as a starting point for understanding the full scope of the NPA and therefore generate more informed feedback and comments.  Additionally, this document has been prepared to highlight the areas where Transport Canada has specifically requested feedback and comments. This document presents an objective and impartial re-presentation of the NPA material. Unmanned Systems Canada is undertaking a parallel effort to develop an opinion and comment document in order to initiate and focus discussion surrounding the proposed rules and the specific areas in which Transport Canada requests feedback.

View the full document here.

USC-STC List of UAS Training Service Providers – Winter 2015

Media Release Unmanned Systems Canada
Date: 25 February 2015

Subject: USC-STC List of UAS Training Service Providers – Winter 2015

Responding to the growth of the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) sector and with increasing inquiries from our membership, Unmanned Systems Canada – Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) has identified a number of Canadian sources to provide UAS pilot and maintainer training.

As our industry grows, proper training is essential to maintain the level of safety and customer satisfaction that are required. This list, the first of its kind, will hopefully be a useful information resource for our membership.

Download List of UAS Training Service Providers

We also realize that this market space is growing rapidly. For this reason, we will be reaching out to the training sector again in the early summer of this year to develop an update of this list. With access to this resource it is anticipated that UAS pilots and maintainers will be able to develop and maintain their skills required to advance UAS in Canada. This initiative confirms the association’s commitment to education and safety and to provide relevant information to promote commercial success in our sector.

Unmanned Systems Canada is the focal point for unmanned vehicle systems in Canada. We are a Canadian-registered not-for-profit association with over 500 members, representing the interests of the UVS community.

For further information contact:
Susan Chapman: communications@unmannedsystemscanada.ca
Office: +1 613-271-1849 Mobile: +1 613-614-3724

Robert Kendall, Executive Director:ed@unmannedsystemscnanda.ca
Office: +1-613-526-5487 Mobile: +1-613-406-5005

USC-STC Releases Report – Canadian Civil UAS 2014

Media Release Unmanned Systems Canada
Date: 25 February 2015
Subject: USC-STC Releases Report – Canadian Civil UAS 2014

Unmanned Systems Canada is pleased to release the report Canadian Civil UAS 2014. The report, developed with funding from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides insight into the growth and potential of the UAS sector in Canada.

“It was a pleasure to undertake this work for NRC”, said Stewart Baillie, one of the report’s authors. “We found dramatic growth in this sector since 2008, and the potential for Canada to command a global leadership position in the UAS marketplace.”

Included in the report are:

  • An evaluation of the market readiness of various UAS applications
  • A compilation of Canadian Universities that have UAS involvement
  • A listing of over 300 Canadian companies that are involved in the UAS Sector
  • The results of a “stakeholder consultation” with 10 established UAS companies
  • A summary of UAS regulation in Canada, the US and elsewhere (with an update for recent developments)
  • An evaluation of the Civil UAS market and a discussion of other recent evaluations
  • A list of “Key Messages” The National Research Council of Canada`s contribution to this study report was delivered through its Industrial Research Assistance Program and the Civilian Unmanned Aircraft Systems research Program.

Download the NRC Report

Unmanned Systems Canada is the focal point for unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) in Canada. We are a Canadian-registered not-for-profit association with over 500 members, representing the interests of the UVS community.

For further information contact:
Susan Chapman: communications@unmannedsystems.ca
Office: +1 613-271-1849
Mobile: +1 613-614-3724

Robert Kendall, Executive Director: ed@unmannedsystems.ca
Office: +1-613-526-5487
Mobile: +1-613-406-5005